Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, April 27, 2013)
Word of the Day

drudgery

Definition:(noun) Hard, menial, and monotonous work.
Synonyms:donkeywork, plodding, grind
Usage: The novelty soon wore off, and though she thought she was prepared for drudgery, she found it very tedious to go on doing the same thing day after day.
Article of the Day

The Doctors' Plot

In January 1953, a plot to murder leading Soviet government and party officials was "uncovered." Nine prominent doctors, at least six of them Jews, were arrested and confessed their involvement. The reports sparked an upwelling of anti-Semitism in the USSR. Months later, news broke that the charges were false and that the confessions had been obtained by torture. Who alleged that Stalin, whose death in March brought down the scheme, had planned to use the scandal to launch a massive party purge? More...
This Day in History

US President Abraham Lincoln Suspends Habeas Corpus (1861)

In law, habeas corpus is a writ ordering that a person be brought before a judge, especially to decide whether a prisoner's detention is lawful. Its suspension means that prisoners can be held indefinitely without being charged. During the US Civil War, President Lincoln suspended habeas corpus to arrest and silence Southern dissenters. A legal battle ensued, and Lincoln prevailed. How was habeas corpus treated in the Confederacy at this time? More...
Today's Birthday

Ulysses S. Grant (1822)

Though he served with bravery in the Mexican-American War, Grant resigned his post several years later, possibly due to his heavy drinking. However, he returned to serve in the US Civil War and won a string of brilliant victories. Three years after Confederate general Robert E. Lee surrendered to him, ending the war, Grant was elected president. Still, he spent his final years in poverty after being swindled by a friend. Days before his death, he did what to secure his family's finances? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is not the office of a man to receive gifts ... We wish to be self-sustained. We do not quite forgive a giver. The hand that feeds us is in some danger of being bitten.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

in the pocket of (someone)

Under the direct control or influence of someone or some group. More...
Today's Holiday

Buccaneer Days (2017)

During Buccanner Days, the city of Corpus Christi, Texas, by proclamation of the mayor, is under pirate rule. What began in 1938 to honor the discovery of Corpus Christi Bay by Spanish explorer Alonzo Alvarez Pineda in 1519 has become a month-long carnival, calling to mind the days when the settlement was a hideaway for pirates. Pirates sail into town, capture the mayor, and demand revelry throughout the city. Events include a professional rodeo, sailboat regattas, parades, sporting events, concerts, a coronation and ball, and fireworks on the bayfront. More...
In the News

Criminals Beware, Food Fingerprinting Now Possible

Fingerprint lifting techniques have been improved over the years, but there are still certain surfaces that defy law enforcement's print recovery efforts, including feathers and skin. Fruits and vegetables, with their varied colors and textures and porous surfaces, have long been included on this list as well, but researchers in the UK have developed a method that can lift prints from smooth-surfaced foodstuffs like onions, apples, and tomatoes. If testing proves the method reliable, it could be employed by police in criminal investigations. More...
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